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Game 7 Preview: Chatham vs. Falmouth

by Zak Wolf
Saturday, June 22, 2024

Game 7 Preview: Chatham vs. Falmouth
For the third straight time this season, Chatham fell back to .500 following a win. The Anglers eked out a 2-1 win over Orleans Thursday, boosted by a late three-hit rally in the ninth, but they fell to Brewster 7-4 the following night.

Despite a season-high 11 hits, the A’s constantly left runners in scoring position while Brewster’s power-filled lineup took advantage. Nolan Schubart and Daniel Cuvet each blasted homers in the first and third innings, respectively, to help the Whitecaps take a 5-1 advantage.

Three straight runs from Chatham helped cut the lead to one in the bottom of the fifth, but two insurance runs in the top of the eighth sealed the game for Brewster.

The Anglers look to get back on track against Falmouth, which currently sits at the bottom of the West Division in the CCBL.

Here’s everything to know before Chatham (3-3, East) takes on Falmouth (1-5, West) in its seventh game of the 2024 season:

Probable Pitchers

Drake George (Lewis-Clark State College) will make his first appearance of the season for Chatham Saturday. George is coming off a season where he won the Cascade Conference Pitcher of the Year award. The righty started all 13 of his appearances, accumulating a 4.91 ERA while striking out 74 batters and walking just 21. George allowed just four home runs across 66 innings of work and finished with a 6-2 record.

Colby Guy is set to take the mound for Falmouth for the second time this summer. Guy started Falmouth’s opening game against Hyannis, where he allowed two earned runs across three innings, walking three and striking out four. The righty from UNC Asheville boasted a 4.35 ERA while winning seven of his 13 starts with the Bulldogs this season.

Chatham Players To Watch

Kyle Lodise (Georgia Tech) produced Chatham’s third home run of the season in the bottom of the fifth inning against Brewster. Despite his slight frame, Lodise packs a punch with his power and is second on the Anglers in OPS (.954). Lodise has knocked four hits so far after coming off a strong season at the Division-II level with Augusta. Lodise led the Jaguars in batting average (.369) and RBIs (49).

Campbell Smithwick (Ole Miss) continued his hot streak by driving in two runs on two hits against Brewster. In his previous start against Hyannis, the catcher recorded two hits. Smithwick’s .500 batting average leads the Anglers, while he’s struck out just one time in 10 at-bats.

Falmouth Players To Watch

Luke Gafney has been one of the best hitters in the CCBL this season, ranking second in hits with nine. Gafney’s four RBIs are tied for the most on the Commodores, but he’s also registered the most at-bats with 22. The first baseman was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year with Purdue in 2024, where he led the Boilermakers in batting average (.359) and was second in RBIs, knocking in 64.

Dylan Carey is the only Commodore with multiple extra-base hits this season and is tied alongside Gafney with a team-leading four RBIs. In 61 starts, Carey had the second-most hits with Nebraska this season (60) and blasted the third-most home runs (seven).

Number To Know: 11

The A’s left 11 runners on base in their loss to Brewster. Once it cut its deficit to one, Chatham had a litany of chances to tie the game. John Bay (Austin Peay) was stranded on third base in the fifth, Landon Stripling (Florida) was left on second base in the sixth and with runners on second and third base in the seventh, Luke Cantwell (Pittsburgh) struck out to end the frame.

Despite the traffic on the base paths, Chatham couldn’t come up with timely hitting to bring the tying run home. The 11 runners left on base was the most from the Anglers this season.

Last Time They Played

Riding a two-game winning streak, Chatham took on Falmouth on July 18, 2023, but fell 5-2. Kaeden Kent put the Anglers in front 2-0 with a double in the sixth inning, but they faltered down the stretch.

A three-run sixth inning from the Commodores gave them the lead for the first time, while the Anglers couldn’t muster any offense to take the lead back as they fell to 9-19-1 on the season.